Three former winners join Tseng at Kingsmill

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Pitches and Putts,Sports,Kevin Dunleavy

Former winners at Kingsmill, Suzann Pettersen (2007), Karrie Webb (2006), and Se Ri Pak (2004), will join superstar Yani Tseng at the Kingsmill Championship, May 2-5. All four players will participate in the tournament for the first time since 2009. They skipped last year’s event, which ended a two-year hiatus for the LPGA Tour at Kingsmill.

The 31-year-old Pettersen, winner of the 2007 LPGA Championship at Bulle Rock, has 10 victories in her career, has played for Europe in the Solheim Cup seven times, and has earned more than $9 million.

Webb has 38 LPGA wins, including seven major championships. In 2001, at age 26, Webb became the youngest player to achieve the career grand slam. The 38-year-old has won more than $17 million in her career.

Pak, who has 25 titles including five majors, has earned more than $11 million. Pak, 35, became the youngest player to reach the World Golf Hall of Fame when she entered in 2007.

Tseng, currently ranked No. 2 in the world, has 15 career wins, including five major championships, her last coming at the 2011 Women’s British Open. Tseng, 24, has earned more than $8 million in her career.

“We are excited to announce the commitment of these outstanding athletes to play in the Kingsmill Championship,” Kingsmill Resort VP of sports operations Wayne Nooe said in a statement. “We are looking forward to hosting these players at Kingsmill for the first time since 2009 as they missed out on the September event. With their commitment, the event is sure to draw an even larger crowd.”

Last year’s tournament drew 7.762 fans for the opening round, a Thursday record for the event. Tickets are on sale now at www.thekingsmillchampionship.com. Kids 17 and under are admitted free.

Kingsmill is a AAA four-diamond resort and a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts Worldwide – a global association of the world’s finest independent luxury hotels. The facility has 422 guest rooms and suites, a 19,000-square-foot conference center, six restaurants, indoor/outdoor pools, a European-style spa, sports center, marina, and three championship golf courses, including the famed River Course which hosts the Kingsmill Championship.

Kingsmill is owned by Xanterra Parks & Resorts, the country’s largest operator of lodges, restaurants, tours and activities at national and state properties with operations at the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Zion, Crater Lake, Mount Rushmore, Rocky Mountain and Petrified Forest national parks. Xanterra also operates Windstar Cruises and the Grand Canyon Railway.

Xanterra has been recognized for its environmental leadership in the hospitality industry and is the recipient of awards from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Parks Service, Environmental Protection Agency, National Parks Conservation Association, and other worldwide, national, and state organizations.

For information about Xanterra Parks & Resorts, visit www.xanterra.com.

Kdunleavy@washingtonexaminer.com

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